The recent debacle of an immigration bill really illustrates why hierarchies and bureaucracies generally fail to do what they're intended to do; they strive for comprehensive solutions.
Why is this a problem? Well, reality (and the Pareto principle) tell us that when you try to solve everything at once, you end up pouring your energy into secondary causes instead of the primary ones. Worse, you end up pouring your energy into making your situation worse.
How so? The Pareto Principle more or less tells us that for every problem, there is an 800 lb gorilla or two doing most of the damage. Now try to isolate what the mouse in the corner is doing with the gorilla(s) thrashing around. You're likely to come to the exact wrong conclusion, aren't you?
So solve a single problem today if you can. Put a bureaucrat or Senator out of work. You'll be glad you did!
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